Do your parents not understand technology? Do they ask you stupid questions? Do they send you absurd text messages? If you've got an example of your "Parents Just Don't Understanding", submit it here!
And thank God we'll never be as dumb as they are!



My mom asked if there was a price difference between a hardback and paperback e-book. To save the time of explaining it I told her paperbacks were cheaper.
Seth M from Arizona State

My parents think that if someone is their "friend" on facebook that means that they can creep and discuss every little thing that happens on their news feed. They will sit in different rooms and yell back and forth what each one of their friends is doing. My dad is a professor and doesn't understand when his young, female students friend him, it's a joke. I can't tell you how many times I've heard things like "wow, so and so is wearing a bikini in her picture, I thought she was a christian."
L . from OSU

My Mom was going to buy my Dad an iPad for Christmas, but decided against it because she said the girl at the Apple Store didn't think it would be able to "twitch" with his Blackberry…
Christopher Henry

I had an old PC in my room that was hooked up to the router/modem for my house. I came home from college for the summer and because I had a new laptop, the PC was taking up space and collecting dust. When I asked my father if I could remove it, he said no. Why? "Because you're going to break the damn internet!"About a week later I removed the PC anyway. Needless to say, the internet is still intact.
Amanda Smythe

For Halloween I was describing a potential costume idea to my parents. I told them three of us were going to go as Ctrl, Alt and Del. My Dad suggested I should go as a space bar or enter because more people would know what it was. My mom and I tried to explain….he got defensive and said he wouldn't get it because he had never seen these ctrl or alt buttons.
Sarah F from NipU

The last time I saw my dad, he asked me for a Christmas list. I told him that I'd already e-mailed it to him and he'd, in fact, replied to me. He asked me to resend the e-mail and apologized, saying, "I've been really scattered when it comes to computer stuff lately. I had 193 tabs open in Firefox and I lost them all because my computer crashed." 193 tabs??? I told him that was far too many tabs, and that he can save the pages he wants to go back to later, anyway. He said, "What? Like a history?" I told him "No, like a bookmark." He told me that he'd look into it. Well, Dad, knowing bookmarks exist is actually the entire extent of the subject. Now start using them. This wouldn't be so frustrating for me, but he can code basic html and he's constantly trying to get a handful of these "e-commerce websites" up and running, so I can't imagine how he's never heard the term "bookmark" before. I also don't know why any of this means he can't get into his old e-mails.
Andrew Tiebout from Ithaca College

Every so often when I visited my family I would let my 6 year old sister play on my iPhone 4. One day I accidentally left it at my parent's house for a whole afternoon, and when I came home I found my mum trying to use it, with my little sister yelling at her in frustration because Mum just could not work it out.Mum had the phone taken off of her by a 6 year old because it was much easier for my sister to just do it for her.
M Fox

My dad prints his e-mails and puts them in a filing cabinet so that he can delete them from his gmail account.

The other night I get a text at 1:30 a.m. from my dad. He's telling me that he can't log in to his gmail because his password was changed and tech support wants $59 to help him. I was asleep. He's wigging out so I log in to his gmail from my phone. Same password, no problems.

I call my dad.

Me: "Dad, go to your computer, put in your password."

Dad: "It doesn't work anymore."

Me: "Dad, do you see the 'Caps lock' button? Press it."

Dad: "O.K."

Me: "Try logging in again."

Dad: "It works. Why does it matter if the Caps lock is on?"

Me: "It's just a security feature."

Dad: "Why does the computer care?"

Me: "The computer doesn't care, it's Goggle. It's considered more secure."

Dad: "Why does Google care?"

Me: "Dad, it's just the way it is, they don't really care."

Dad: "It's stupid, they should fix it."

Me: "It's not broken, it's just the way it is."

Dad: "They should fix it."

Me: "Dad, it's 1:30 in the morning."

Dad: "They should fix it."

Me: "… "

Dad: "They should fix it."

Me: "Yes, you're right. They should fix it. Goodnight."
Andrew Mason

A former employer of mine and I were discussing why we were unable to check Facebook at work. I explained to her that I can still check it on my phone, and it just takes me longer than if I could use it on the computer. She looked a little annoyed and told me that I had better not be running up a huge bill. I had to think about it for a second, but she thought I was checking it on my touch tone phone on my desk.
Scott Keenan

My mom thinks "hashtag" is a marajuana reference.
Ash Jones from OSU



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